Art of the Crèche: Nativities from Around the World
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by James L. Govan
One of the most enduring and universal Christmas traditions is the crèche, or nativity scene: a representation of the story of Christ's birth. This beautifully illustrated book reveals the worldwide appeal and custom of the crèche and the diversity of creative expression displayed in this art form. James L. Govan, a foremost collector of crèches, insightfully interprets more than 100 nativities and explains the origins of the artists’ works. From the Makonde in Tanzania to the Wichi in northern Argentina and the Asmats in Indonesia, the indigenous cultures of more than 70 countries are represented, and the collection is far from restricted to the work of Christian artists: the crèches include examples made by Muslim, Taoist, Buddhist and Jewish artists. A wonderfully designed album, complemented by engaging text, it will appeal to anyone interested in collectibles, folk art, and cultural traditions—and especially to those seeking the perfect Christmas gift.